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An Insider’s View of Indie Publishing
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018
7:00 p.m. At the Veterans Memorial
For our June general meeting, we’ve pulled together a panel of some of the smartest folks in the world of independent publishing and self-publishing. All successful authors as well as publishers, they’ll share their processes from the trenches, best promotion and sales strategies, their top lessons learned as well as wrong moves to avoid.
We’ll find out how they handle the following topics:
– interior design
Learn from those who have been there. Join us for what should be an entertaining as well as informative evening!
CHRISTOPHER J. LYNCH is the author of the One Eyed Jack series about a professional blackmailer who operates in and around the South Bay. The debut novel in the series was a 2013 Shamus Award finalist, and a 2014 Writers Digest honorable mention for genre fiction. One Eyed Jack first appeared on Amazon as a short story. The series is available in audiobook. He is currently working with a screenwriter to create a streaming series based on his character. He also authored Eddie: the Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy, the authorized biography of the iconic child actor Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell from the TV series Leave it to Beaver). The book is one of the highest rated celebrity biographies on Amazon. Christopher frequently gives seminars on self-publishing and writing. www.christopherjlynch.com
CAROL J. AMATO is a writer, editor, publisher, and nonfiction book coach. After publishing 11 books traditionally and running a technical writing business, she saw an opportunity to start her own publishing company. Stargazer Publishing began with two evergreen, user-friendly versions of required style manuals written by Carol for the college market: The World’s Easiest Guide to Using the APA and The World’s Easiest Guide to Using the MLA. Stargazer then began taking on other authors and expanded its line to include not only college-level educational materials but also educational fiction and nonfiction books for the middle-grade market, fiction for adults, and how-to books for writers and entrepreneurs. In her coaching practice, Carol shows entrepreneurs, speakers, and others how to write and publish books based on their expertise and other nonfiction topics. www.stargazerpub.com/
DEREK DOEPKER is the author of over 6 best-selling books in personal development, self-help, fitness, and authorship. He began publishing books in 2012 and experienced what it’s like to be an author struggling to find readers. Over time he discovered proven processes that took him to selling over 50,000 books. Now he shares those processes with thousands of authors through workshops, courses, and retreats empowering them to turn their passion for writing into a thriving business. Derek’s books include Why Authors Fail: 17 Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make That Sabotage Their Success (And How to Fix Them) and Why You’re Stuck: Your Guide to Finding Freedom from Any of Life’s Challenges. In addition to his work in publishing, Derek is a certified Master NLP practitioner and performance coach. DerekDoepker.com
ALVA SACHS is an award-winning children’s author and the founder of Three Wishes Publishing Company. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education. Days in the classroom as well as a desire to be true to her vision for the books provided the inspiration to become an indie publisher. Her titles include Dear Master Dragon, On Your Mark, Get Set Go! and Dancing Dreidels. Awards include Book of the Year from Creative Child Magazine, 5 Star Reviews from Reader’s Favorite, and the Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Small Press Indie Publishing, among others. She is President of Reading Is Fundamental of Southern California. http://www.alvasachs.com/www.alvasachs.com
ROBIN QUINN is a book coach, editor and publishing consultant. She has provided editorial support to the independent publishing community for over 25 years. Recent clients include Ayn Cates Sullivan (multiple award-winning Legends of the Grail: Stories of the Celtic Goddesses and the forthcoming Heroines of Avalon: Legends of the Grail 2), Tami Shaik (novel Ocean in a Drop and self-help title Detox Your Soul-A 30 Day Roadmap to Loving Yourself), Mark Kingston Levin (award-winning 30thCentury sci-fi trilogy) and Kristen Falde Smith (self-help title Artichokes & Grace: Getting to the Heart of Aging). To help writers and publishers stay up-to-date, she regularly produces and moderates panels in the Los Angeles area. www.writingandediting.biz
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